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Poster: garthus Date: Jun 18, 2011 3:02pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Copyright lunacy

I self published some materials using the Archive and I really do not see any problem with this. Unfortunately the price of living in a free society is that some people may take advantage, but I see a greater problem with laws such as copyright and increasingly what is happening with patents. They seem to stifle creativity and in any case much of what has been published in the academic community in particular has been indirectly plagiarized. The more that gets published, the more the current copyright system becomes merely an artifact of money-grabbers and their ilk. In the not too distant future all of this will be nothing more than laughable when the technology gets advanced to the point where machines can write books. See this link: this should illustrate the lunacy of modern copyright. Theoretically, if I can copyright every permutation of the English language, does that mean that no one could create written works? I am sure that parts of any written modern work can be searched and to some degree be found to have been plagiarized from other works. Where does it really end ... this search for the ultimate ego enhancer claiming that "I" created that, when all intellectual creations are in reality part of of the collective gathering of information by individual minds.


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Poster: stbalbach Date: Jun 20, 2011 9:16am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Copyright lunacy

The Archive is a Non-Profit, the cost of scanning books is borne by people who donate money, like PBS. The Archive's rules, and I agree, say the library should not be used a resource for people to profit from, because it will then discourage donor's who will feel they are being used/cheated (ie. donating money so that others can profit). In particular these spammer scammers who are reprinting books by the thousands as Kindle editions without cleaning up the OCR. The whole thing could be a threat to the Archive's funding if/when it becomes better known who is providing the raw material for Amazon's spammers.